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JOB VACANCY - Knowledge Transfer Fellow (£29,853-£38,951)

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The University of Bath's School for Health (SfH), in collaboration with the Bath Institute for Medical Engineering (BIME), are seeking a Knowledge Transfer Fellow as part of the "Smart systems for rehabilitation and assisted living" project.

The primary role of this position is to exploit SfH and BIME current knowledge to develop commercial products and tools. In addition to this, the postholder will be responsible for increasing awareness and promoting adoption of technology and interventions for long term conditions.

The SfH and BIME have both carried out significant research into the application of technology to support rehabilitation and independent living of people with specific long-term conditions, and now wish to develop this knowledge in to commercial products to maximise economic and societal impacts.

The Knowledge Transfer Fellow will be mainly based in the Bath Centre for Pain Research (BCPR) within the School for Health at the University of Bath. However, during the course of the project the Knowledge Transfer Fellow may be required to spend some time based on-site with project partners.

This position is for a period of 12 months at Research Grade 7 (£29,853-£38,951). Line management will be provided by Professor Chris Eccleston, Director of the BCPR.

For enquiries, please contact Lisa Austin: , 01225 386575


Prof Eccleston announced as keynote speaker at International pain conference

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Prof Chris Eccleston, Director of the Bath Centre for Pain Research (BCPR) is due to speak at the International Conference: Musculoskeletal Disorders & Chronic Pain, in Los Angeles in Spring 2011.

The Musculoskeletal Disorders and Chronic Pain Conference presents the latest research, evidence-based literature synthesis and real world application regarding assessment, management and prevention for musculoskeletal disorders, chronic pain and disability. Research presented at the conference should help inform evidence-based clinical practice, provide insights on current controversies and promote discussion about practical, medical legal and policy issues.

The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California, from 10-12 February 2011.


PBSPCRC Summer 2010 newsletter out now

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The Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium's Summer 2010 newsletter is now available to download, containing news of the latest health research studies, events, jobs and funding opportunities in the South-West.

If you would like to subscribe to our bi-annual newsletter, or if you would like to request a paper copy of the Summer 2010 newsletter, then please email me at .

PBSPCRC Newsletter summer 2010


Professor Eccleston of BCPR presents at world conference on pain in Athens

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Professor Christopher Eccleston, Director of the Bath Centre for Pain Research, presented recent data on advances in understanding the causes of persistent nerve pain in adults this week.

Eccleston_head-and-shoulder-e1274973860464The presentation was made at the International Neuropathic Pain Meeting in Athens, attended by the world's experts seeking to share advances in pharmalogical, surgical, physical and psychological treatments. To learn more about the work of Professor Eccleston and the BCPR you can view their publications on PubMed.

So called "neuropathic" pain can be caused by disease (e.g. cancer), from accident (e.g. amputation) or from causes were have yet to discover (e.g. facial pain). Neuropathic pain is one of the most challenging forms of pain problems, being very difficult to manage. It can destroy people's lives, leaving them struggling to find ways to cope. Seven per cent of adults in the UK are believed to have pain that arises from damaged nerves, with as many as five per cent reporting severe pain.

Professor Eccleston presented findings from his work on attentional mechanisms of analgesia, and the use of attention as possible new targets for pharmacological intervention.

He also contributed to a debate on the use of strong painkillers for people with chronic pain, focussing on the barriers to treatment effectiveness.


New RfPB award for Contextual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Pain

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The Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium is pleased to announce a new successful Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) award from Dr Lance McCracken of the Bath Centre for Pain Research, and Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) in Bath. The project is now gearing up and is set to commence on 1st July.

It has been shown that the most severe and complex chronic pain can be effectively helped by intensive interdisciplinary forms of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), delivered in tertiary care settings. However, most patients treated in primary or secondary care and do not access these specialist methods. A current challenge is to translate these methods from tertiary care and test them for application to the far larger number of patients in primary care or in the community. To determine if this is feasible, preliminary work will be conducted to devise a process of delivery for these methods and prepare the best procedures for conducting subsequent randomised trials.

One of the aims of this project is to develop a new model of chronic pain service, which is specifically designed for community-based delivery.

Research activity will be based in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) , Swindon and Wiltshire Primary Care Trusts. If you would like to learn more about this project, or become part of shaping a potential new service, please contact Lisa Austin - , 01225 386575


Prof Eccleston, Director of Bath Centre for Pain Research, lectures at Ghent University, Belgium

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Professor Chris Eccleston, the Director of the Bath Centre for Pain Research, and Deputy Head of the University of Bath's School for Health, today gave a keynote lecture at Ghent University, Belgium.

The lecture, entitled "Attention to pain and its disabling consequences: a misdirected problem solving model" was given as part of new lecture series organised by The Research Institute for Psychology and Health (P&H), incorporating talks by internationally renowned researchers with P&H PhD student presentations.

The Research Institute for Psychology and Health is an inter-university institute founded in 1995 in the Netherlands, with the primary aim of developing and training highly qualified researchers in the area of psychology and health.